Chesterfield: Spireites boss rues misses

Paul Cook

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PAUL Cook reflected on a hatful of missed chances in the weekend home defeat against Southend United.

Paul Sturrock’s men pinched an 83rd-minute winner after soaking up Spireites pressure for the majority of the game, but the hosts lacked that bit of sharpness on front of goal.

Following Gavin Tomlin’s winner, Cook said: “You’ve got to respect Southend; they’ve got good players and they’ve had a tremendous season. They’re in the area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. They’ve had a couple of defeats lately but they have got a good record and they came here and mugged us a little bit.

“Sometimes you feel it’s not your day. Against Northampton we were on the sidelines feeling that it was. But if you want to get promotion, you can’t have too many games like the one on Saturday.”

Tendayi Darikwa was subbed with a dead-leg but he’s expected to be fit for the weekend trip to Keith Hill’s Rochdale, who drew 0-0 on Friday night at Cheltenham Town in his first game back in charge.

Drew Talbot will step up training this week after his broken toe but it’s unlikely that he’ll get a start at Spotland as, after a month off, he’ll step up his training to a full level only towards the end of this week.

Cook will be hoping to bring in a left-sider before the transfer window closes on Thursday, and that could be funded if Scott Boden moves out on loan or permanently.